Animal Science Department

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Rather than formal concentrations, the Animal Science Department has seven career emphasis areas. Students have the option to choose courses from each emphasis area:


The biotechnology program provides you with a strong animal and molecular biology background to help you learn to maximize animal well-being, production and efficiency, as well as develop new treatments for diseases in both humans and animals.

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Equine Science

The equine science program offers an extensive look into the science, research, management and training of horses.

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Food Animal Production

The food animal production program allows you to gain first-hand knowledge of the beef, swine, sheep and goat industries.

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Meat Science

Cal Poly’s USDA certified, state-of-the-art meat processing center provides you with the opportunity to produce, package and market meat products.

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Poultry Management

The poultry management program gives you an understanding of the poultry industry, including health and nutrition, production, food science and technology, management, marketing and other skills needed to be successful in the industry.

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Pre-Veterinary Medicine

The pre-veterinary program allows you to learn directly from veterinarians and to work at our student-run veterinary clinic that cares for the more than 100 horses, 400 head of cattle, 100 ewes, 35 sows, a tortoise colony and thousands of birds on campus.

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Range Resource Management

The rangeland resource management program helps you learn how to apply science to the assessment, planning and management of lands used for pasture, recreation, and wildlife habitat.

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